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Good Will Hunting (1997)

R  |   |  Drama  |  9 January 1998 (USA)
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Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.


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Top Rated Movies #119 | Won 2 Oscars. Another 20 wins & 51 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Tom - Lambeau's Teaching Assistant
Rachel Majorowski ...
Colleen McCauley ...
Ralph St. George ...
Rob Lynds ...
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A touching tale of a wayward young man who struggles to find his identity, living in a world where he can solve any problem, except the one brewing deep within himself, until one day he meets his soul mate who opens his mind and his heart. Written by Dima & Danielle

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Wildly charismatic. Impossibly brilliant. Totally rebellious. For the first 20 years of his life, Will Hunting has called the shots. Now he's about to meet his match. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, including some sex-related dialogue | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 January 1998 (USA)  »

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En busca del destino  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$272,912 (USA) (5 December 1997)


$138,339,411 (USA) (24 July 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Matt Damon and Ben Affleck met with Mel Gibson, Braveheart (1995) had just come out. But they hadn't seen Braveheart and Harvey Weinstein encouraged them to lie. So the first thing they said was, "We just want to tell you how much we loved Braveheart!" See more »


In the scene where Skylar and Will are sitting at a table with the chess players behind them, the white noise in the background of the shot lessens for Will's line "and I can't play the piano" and the intensifies again afterwards. If you listen closely, you can tell that the one line is a voice over. See more »


[first lines]
Lambeau: Mod fx... squared... dx. So please finish Parceval, by next time. I know many of you had this as undergraduates, but it won't hurt to brush up.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, the film is dedicated to the memory of poet Allen Ginsberg and writer William S. Burroughs, both of whom died in 1997. See more »


Referenced in Friends: The One with the Inappropriate Sister (1998) See more »


Written and Performed by Dan Lander
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This movie has a brilliant script...
21 January 2001 | by (Mesa, AZ) – See all my reviews

It appears the jury is hung... many people either loved or hated this movie. I can tell you why I loved it. First of all the script. I think it had a real slice of life, and brilliance in it. Sorry, but some people do use 4 letter words to express themselves. And no, it doesn't mean that's because they lack intelligence to use anything else. I can rise to the occasion any time I need w/out profanity. But it is how I think & speak in my day to day life. The language shouldn't even be an issue. If that's all you heard, you weren't listening! The brilliance in it is everywhere. For example, William's character putting Damon's character in place by noting that he sneers at things that he has no real life experience with. I know people like that. Then moments when he (William's character) says gems like, "I'll save you the suspense sport- she isn't perfect & neither are you- the question is whether you are perfect for each other." I'm paraphrasing of course. The question of relationships, and life career decisions- the courage to risk and overcoming whatever your background is, are all a part of real life. This isn't supposed to be about genius or some "white trash" as someone else said (some people might say the kids in this movie aren't trash, just normal hard working, middle class guys) - it's about love, life and courage- courage to ante up & try again, no matter how many times life knocks us around. The acting, direction and script are wonderful. They definitely deserved the Oscar for this. It has soul. It has meaning & I am sad for the people that didn't get it. As the movie "American Beauty" said... LOOK CLOSER.

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